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Musician, nurse take on ambassador roles

Living life to the full: Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014. They are pictured with students from St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor.

Living life to the full: Annabel Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014. They are pictured with students from St Mary of the Cross School, Windsor.

ANNABEL Pike and Michael Mangan will be the official ambassadors for Catholic Education Week 2014 in Queensland.

Annabel is a past student of St Agatha’s School and St Rita’s College, Clayfield.

She is a nursing graduate of the Australian Catholic University’s Early Achievers Program and the recipient of the 2012 HESTA Australian Nursing Awards’ Outstanding Graduate of the Year.

Annabel was also a Pride of Australia Medal State winner in 2013.

Michael is a past student of St Patrick’s School, Nanango, a former Catholic school teacher, composer and music liturgist, whose collection of songs is widely used in schools and parishes in Australia, New Zealand and North America.

He tours each year presenting school and parish concerts and Music in Liturgy workshops for teachers, catechists and parish musicians.

Both Annabel and Michael’s example and work truly bring to life this year’s theme for Catholic Education Week, “Come, live life in all its fullness”.

It is intended they will visit each of the five Queensland dioceses during Catholic Education Week from July 27 to August 2 and engage with a variety of groups including students, staff, parents and parishioners.

Queensland Catholic Education Commission executive director Mike Byrne said he was delighted Annabel and Michael had accepted the invitation to be ambassadors.

“Their life examples and work truly bring to life this year’s theme for Catholic Education Week, ‘Come, live life in all its fullness’,” he said.

“I congratulate them and thank them for committing time from their busy schedules to carry out this important role for Catholic education in Queensland.”

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